Sewing a Fabric Basket

A fabric basket is a great way to develop your sewing skills, learn new techniques, and make a pretty organizer. Follow these instructions to sew your own unique handmade fabric basket!

Handmade Fabric Basket

MATERIALS

1/2 yard cotton fabric for exterior, 1/2 yard coordinating cotton fabric for lining, 1/2 yard of fusible fleece to give the basket structure and help it to stand up

CUT exterior 18" x 22", lining 18" x 22", fusible fleece 18" x 22"

CUT exterior 18" x 22", lining 18" x 22", fusible fleece 18" x 22"

PREP Fuse the fusible fleece to the wrong side of the exterior fabric following the manufacturers instructions. (You will need an iron for this step.)

PREP Fuse the fusible fleece to the wrong side of the exterior fabric following the manufacturers instructions. (You will need an iron for this step.)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Fold the 22" length of the exterior fabric in half with right sides facing, pin along each side, and sew using a 1/2" seam allowance. Repeat with the lining piece.

1. Fold the 22" length of the exterior fabric in half with right sides facing, pin along each side, and sew using a 1/2" seam allowance. Repeat with the lining piece.

2. Using a 3" square of paper as a guide and tailor's chalk (or pencil), draw a square on each bottom* corner of the exterior fabric (front and back sides). Repeat with the lining fabric. Note: Align the paper guide along the seam. The *bottom is the folded edge.

2. Using a 3" square of paper as a guide and tailor's chalk (or pencil), draw a square on each bottom* corner of the exterior fabric (front and back sides). Repeat with the lining fabric. Note: Align the paper guide along the seam. The *bottom is the folded edge.

3. Along one side seam, pinch each corner of the squares drawn in Step 2 and pull apart to get the triangle shape pictured above--this should measure to be a 6 inch line. Pin down and sew along the line. Trim the triangle 1/2 inch from the seam. Repeat with the other corners on the lining and exterior.

3. Along one side seam, pinch each corner of the squares drawn in Step 2 and pull apart to get the triangle shape pictured above--this should measure to be a 6 inch line. Pin down and sew along the line. Trim the triangle 1/2 inch from the seam. Repeat with the other corners on the lining and exterior.

4. Turn the lining right side out and place inside the exterior so that each piece is right side to right side. Align the side seams and pin in place then pin a few more sections along the top edge. 

4. Turn the lining right side out and place inside the exterior so that each piece is right side to right side. Align the side seams and pin in place then pin a few more sections along the top edge. 

5. Sew the lining to the exterior and be certain to leave a 4" opening to turn the basket right-side-out. 

5. Sew the lining to the exterior and be certain to leave a 4" opening to turn the basket right-side-out. 

6. Once the basket is turned right-side-out, press the top edge with an iron and then topstitch. A topstitch seam will help to define the top edge and also will close the 4 inch opening.  

6. Once the basket is turned right-side-out, press the top edge with an iron and then topstitch. A topstitch seam will help to define the top edge and also will close the 4 inch opening.  

Handmade Fabric Basket
Handmade Fabric Basket

You have finished making a handmade fabric basket! Nice job! This fabric basket is reversible! You can fold over the top edge or leave as is.